(methyl cellulose, carboxymethyl cellulose)

throughout the gut. The effects of different fiber components depend upon their varied physical and chemical properties during digestion, and also upon their susceptibility to degradation by bacterial enzymes in the colon. The complex nature of the various substances covered by the general definition of dietary fiber means that a single analytical value for the fiber content of a food is a poor guide to its physiological effects. This article will review the main mechanisms of action of resistant polysacchar-ides in the alimentary tract and their implications for human health.

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